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Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips signed a contract extension in 2011.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Northwestern University athletic director Jim Phillips signed a contract extension in 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Arbogast)

A growing trend in college athletics continues at Northwestern University, as the school has sold the naming rights to its athletic director position.

Crain's Chicago Business reports that Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips will now hold the official title of "Chris and Courtney Combe Vice President for Athletics and Recreation," following a $16-million gift to Northwestern by university trustee Christopher Combe and his wife. Ten million dollars of that endowment will fund the AD's position and go toward "seed(ing) important projects and address new opportunities."

Phillips has been Northwestern's athletic director at Northwestern since 2008.

More from Crain's:

Northwestern women's lacrosse coach Kelly Amonte-Hiller's job is officially known as the "Combe Family Head Women's Lacrosse Coach," while Pat Fitzgerald is the "Dan and Susan Jones Family Head Football Coach." Football programs at Stanford, Boston College and Vanderbilt have endowed jobs and other schools are seeking them.

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